Ben@Forest wrote:“The Conservative Party did not lose Britain’s 2017 general election, but it has spent the last two and a half years trying to understand why it did. The Labour Party, in contrast, did lose the 2017 election but has acted as if it did not”.
Yes, that is indeed an excellent quote.
The Labour Party doesn't hate the Conservative Party. It needs it. Because the Labour party always defines itself, in the last resort, as "not the Tory party". Without the Tories, Labour can't function. The Tories do it a bit too, but not as obviously, and usually manage to make their policies at least sound coherent. Let's face it, they're just a bit better at winning elections. Those two parties aren't really enemies, they're locked in a symbiotic embrace.
I don't know what the Labour party will do next, but it's certainly doing a pretty good job of digging its own grave at the moment. Consider this - two of the most, how shall I put it, "significant", Prime Ministers of the last few decades have been Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. That's clear, whether you love them or loathe them. Each of them led their respective parties to long periods in power. But in the current Labour Party many of Corbyn's supporters are still banging on and on about how awful Tony Blair was. For them calling somebody a Blairite is the biggest insult they can deliver. You don't hear anything like that in the Tory party - "you're just an old Thatcherite" isn't some argument-ending body blow for modern Tories.
I've never voted Conservative. I haven't voted Labour since Iraq. I don't suppose I'll vote for either of those parties ever again.